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  • Where We’re Coming From…
    • We want to help you to break the power of Satan in your life so you can be all you can be in the Lord.
    • Luke 8:14 Describes where people allow things to choke the Word out of their lives.
  • Seeing The Condition of Addictions…
    • Addictions to things like cigarettes, alcohol, drugs or sex, overeating and overspending keep us bound up and tied down.
    • When we get in that condition we cannot experience God’s freedom found in Christ. Galatians 5:1, 13
  • How Do Addictions Come?
    • Many (not all) who engage in harmful behavior do so as a result of unresolved family trouble. Eph. 6:4
      • Need forgiveness, mercy, communication
    • When an individual or family does not seek to heal these wounds, the legacy of trauma is often passed down to the next generation in varying degrees.
      • True love does not exist with many. 1 Cor. 13
  • Some Addictions That Are Common Today:
    • Alcoholism and drug addiction, including prescription drugs.
    • Workaholism, seen in long hrs., extended or numerous business trips, many hrs. working at home and on vacation. Work preoccupation, over-involvement in outside interests such as clubs, politics, sports, etc.
    • Sex addictions include pornography, affairs, pedophilia, prostitution, chronic masturbation, etc.
  • Some Addictions That Are Common Today:
    • Relationship addictions involve an adult engaging in multiple romantic relationships, often choosing people who are incapable of commitment.
    • Rage addiction is a pattern where anger and explosive rage are a dominant method of controlling relationships and dealing with stress.
    • Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, over-eating, use of food as a means of controlling emotions, and hording of food.
  • Some Addictions That Are Common Today:
    • Compulsive exercise includes driven excessive exercise (at times combined with eating disorders).
    • Smoking and other tobacco use.
    • Money addictions include parental overspending, gambling, hording of finances.
    • Media addiction includes situations where overuse of the computer, games, television, or reading becomes an avenue of escaping life stresses and responsibilities.
  • Preparing To Overcome…
    • 2 Corinthians 10:4 ISV
    • “ For the weapons of our warfare are not
    • those of the flesh . Instead, they have the
    • power of God to demolish fortresses .”
    • Addictions start out as seemingly good, or entertaining or even fun, but they begin to consume you, and the devil begins to build his fortress around you.
      • Eph. 4:27 “and do not give the devil an opportunity to work.”
  • Preparing To Overcome…
    • Brick by brick, drink after drink, smoke after smoke, charge after charge, bad movie after bad movie, these things begin to dominate your thinking, and eventually your life.
      • 2 Timothy 2:26 “so that they might escape from the devil's snare, even though they've been held captive by him to do his will.”
    • The devil has used you and your bad habit to build a wall around you, so that you are not able to fulfill God’s best for your life!
      • Remember Galatians 5:13
    • God’s weapons to destroy those strongholds:
      • Will Power! 2 Timothy 1:7
        • Need to properly use our ability to choose…
      • Joshua 24:15; Deut. 30:19
      • Others Around You! 1 Cor. 12:25-27; Jas. 5:16; Rom. 15:1-2
      • Full Submission to God! James 4:7-8
    • Only let be God be your master Mt. 6:24; Romans 6:16-18
    • Ask God’s help in giving your service exclusively to Him and His purposes Romans 6:19
    • Consider the advantages of being led by God vs. the disadvantages of being led by your addiction Romans 8:6-8
    • Choose freedom rather than slavery Galatians 5:1
    • Learn to live by the Spirit’s direction rather than your fleshly pleasures Galatians 5:16
    • Consider the shame and eternal consequences of giving in to your addictions Lk. 6:46, 5, Rom. 6:23
    • Worship the Lord through all aspects of your life not just portions Romans 12:1-2
    • Consider the effect that your addiction will have for your example, relationships and your reputation 1 Cor. 6:19-20
    • Ask the Lord to help you gain wisdom into choosing what is best so you will not be mastered by some bad habit. 1 Cor. 6:12
    • Learn to choose things on the basis of God’s priorities with the counsel of wise spiritual counselors. Luke 10:27
    • Choose to overcome your addictions and send those bad habits packing!
    • Come to Jesus today and be forgiven of your sins.
      • Hear Rom. 10:17… Believe Mk. 16:16… Repent Acts 2:38… Confess Rom. 10:10… Be Baptized Acts 22:16